In this two-hour session, we’ll examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting’s grandest tradition. Students will learn about the history of making lace with knitting needles, and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry. We look at some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions, and view beautiful examples of lace both modern and antique. Whether you are merely curious about lace or a devoted practitioner, there will be something for you to enjoy.
Technique Requirements: Please note: This is not a class for those who wish to learn how to knit lace. Students should be fully conversant in the fundamental techniques of knitting, particularly basic lace techniques. Sample motifs are presented in chart form.
Note that knitting in this class is entirely optional. Students who may wish to play with the class charts should acquire: One ball (partial balls are fine) of smooth (non-fuzzy), sport, DK, or worsted weight yarn in white or a light solid color. Wool or another non-slippery animal fiber is recommended. If you cannot handle wool or do not knit with animal fibers, select a fiber that pleases you. One pair straight needles (8" or longer) or circular needle (16” or 24” suggested length)–in whatever size will give you a drapey gauge in the yarn of your choice; this will likely be larger than you would select for knitting plain stockinette. Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle, pen (or pencil) and paper for making notes. (In all my classes, note-taking is highly advised!) Row counter recommended, but optional.